Crossing the North Llano River a few miles west of Junction marks the end of the desert and the beginning of the Hill Country. I look forward to stopping in Junction (at the confluence of the North and South Llano Rivers) for the Pecan store just off the highway and a coffee shop down the street. (Also used to be a cool cowgirl store called Crosses and Conchos, but it sadly closed).
This trip the weather was so perfect and the trees were so beautiful that I decided to stay over night at the KOA by the river. I got all settled in (read…took a nap) and then went exploring.
This is where the apology becomes necessary. I had mistakenly assumed that the street with my coffee shop stop was the whole town. That would be wrong. Turns out Junction is the county seat of Kimble County and while not as fancy as some, the courthouse sits in the center of town surrounded by lovely old trees.
Sadly, it is also surrounded by many empty store fronts. It would be so cool to see the little towns bustling with activity again. Maybe even a movie playing at the Texan!
This bridge, built in 1937, spans Lake Junction on the South Llano. It has a very modern pedestrian lane completely separate from traffic.
Looking upstream from the bridge is Lover’s Leap. There’s a golf course along the river under Lover’s Leap that based on my golfing ability should probably be named Golfer’s Leap.
The dam was built in 1965 to supple domestic water. It’s maybe 20 feet high, more like a weir, with big abutments on each end. This whole area is completely open to the public. I bet the kids love to walk across the dam (giving the water folks fits!).
On one side of the lake is the City park and on the other is the County park. Looking down river my van is parked on the City side.
On a Saturday afternoon in November the rope swing wasn’t getting much action.
So now I know more about Junction, it’s a neat little town. I will surly go back, and not just because it’s on the way to Austin.